Europe’s history is full of stories. Discover the oldest ones at the places that have been around the longest: castles. Hundreds of years ago, castles reigned supreme throughout Europe. Today, they’re time capsules of European heritage and culture. Travel back to the Middle Ages with this photo gallery of the most breathtaking castles that still stand in Europe.
Europe’s heritage and culture date back thousands of years. And some of the most ancient remnants of the earliest European cultures can still be found today. From prehistoric cave drawings to mysterious stone formations, discover the continent’s past at its oldest locations. Browse this gallery, then come see these magnificent sites for yourself on your next trip.
Older than both Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, Ireland’s Newgrange is one of Europe’s most fascinating megaliths. It’s unknown what it was built and used for, but it’s speculated that it was a place of worship or used for astronomy purposes. Either way, it’s quite an architectural marvel.
Another prehistoric site in Ireland is known as the Drombeg stone circle, or Druid’s Altar. The large stones
were strategically placed in a circle to help measure the winter solstice. There’s evidence that points to
other ancient sites being nearby that were likely used by the same civilization.
Ggantija Temples, Xaghra, Malta
The Temple of Ġgantija in Malta dates as far back as 3600 BC and has an interesting folklore about its construction. Locals say that a giant that lived in the area had a child with a mortal man. The giant and the child were said to have built the temple for themselves. That’s where the name Ġgantija comes from.It directly translates to “Giant’s Tower.”
Hagar Qim, Malta
Malta’s other megalith goes by the name Ħaġar Qim which translates to “worshipping stones.” Like Ġgantija, this site dates back to 3600 BC, making it one of the oldest places in Europe. Ħaġar Qim is still complete with temples, altars and other religious artifacts to this day.
Coddu Vecchiu, Sardinia, Italy
Italy’s Coddu Vecchiu is one of the oldest grave sites in Europe. It’s also known as “Giants’ Tombs” for the
architectural formations found at the site. It consists of huge slabs of stone and narrow tunnels to navigate the area.
Knossos in Greece isn’t just one of Europe’s oldest monoliths. It’s considered by many to be Europe’s oldest city. The folklore of the city’s foundation is a unique story full of kings, minotaurs and labyrinths. Today, the remains of Knossos offer an unrivaled look at ancient Greek life.
Dolmen de Viera, Spain
One of Spain’s oldest and grandest megaliths can be found at the Dolmen de Viera. Built sometime around 4000 years ago, it’s the site of a grand ancient tomb. The tomb is covered by a large grassy mound on nearly all sides. But within its walls you’ll find an eerie yet magnificent scene that is strikingly similar to Egyptian pyramids.
One of Europe’s most unique prehistoric sites can be found in Spain at the Cave of Altamira. Archaeologists that have studied the cave have found deposits of artifacts that date back to the Old Stone Age of 18,500 years ago. Inside the cave you’ll find the walls covered with ancient cave drawings of bison.
There’s so much more to Europe than just the big cities and landmarks. Go off the beaten track and discover some of Europe’s lesser-known cities, hidden towns and secret villages that are rich in natural beauty and history.
When it’s made in Europe, it’s usually something special. From world-renowned beers to luxury automobiles, Europe has a knack for handcrafting greatness. Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the factories and museums you can tour while in Europe.
Much of Europe is known for its beer and wine production. But we don’t just know how to make them; we know how to drink them. From energetic beer festivals to exquisite wine gatherings, there’s plenty to celebrate. Drink up six of the best beer and wine festivals throughout Europe with this gallery.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that has been awarded as having cultural or environmental importance. Luckily, Europe has plenty of UNESCO sites to explore. From ancient castles to quaint seaside towns, you’ll find natural and cultural beauty everywhere you go. Consider this gallery your guide to some of the best UNESCO sites in Europe to discover on your next trip.
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